In soaps, obsession is usually the motivation behind a sociopathic character’s actions. For Dr. Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati), her twisted love for Caesar Faison has led her to take desperate measures in her attempt to win that unrequited love. On the September 8 episode of “General Hospital,” viewers began to see the unraveling of Liesl in her fear that Victor (Thaao Penghlis) will find out that he is the father of her son Nathan.
Liesl’s fear led to tears as she turned to the last person she would ever ask for help. At first, Liesl accuses Anna (Finola Hughes) of trying to destroy her family by deliberately putting Nathan (Ryan Paevey) in danger. She brings up Faison and again accuses Anna of killing him. In a heated exchange of words, Anna reveals to Liesl that she did not kill Faison. She then tells Liesl that she is using her “twisted love to focus on a man that never wanted her.” Liesl’s tears only got more intense as she promises Anna “this isn’t over.”
At Kelly’s Sam (Kelly Monaco) questions Patrick (Jason Thompson) about the Crichton-Clark card he found. Patrick comes close to telling Sam the truth about what he discovered at the clinic, but is interrupted by Emma and Spencer. Emma tells her dad that Spencer knows something about the accident. When Spencer is asked whether this is true, he lies at first. Sam, realizing that Spencer is scared, sits her little cousin down and tries to convince him to reveal the truth. After hesitating for awhile, Spencer finally reveals the person behind the car accident was Luke Spencer.
In the meantime, Dante (Dominique Zamprogna), Lulu (Emme Rylan), Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and Nathan are all being held in captivity at unknown locations by Victor Cassadine. Dante and Lulu immediately try to figure out where they are and how they got there. As they try to piece together Luke’s participation in the Aztec Treasure and how it connects to Lulu, they begin to discuss Luke’s strange behavior over the last couple of months. Dante tells Lulu that her father is a person of interest, but just before he tells her what Luke is possibly involved with, a surprise visitor opens the door. From the shock on Lulu’s face, it appears to be someone she thought was long gone.
At another location that Nathan recognizes at Crichton-Clark, Maxie apologizes to Nathan for putting them in this latest predicament. She tells Nathan that it was her cluelessness that led them all into danger. Nathan consoles Maxie and tells her that he doesn’t want her to ever doubt herself again. The tender moment leads to Maxie revelation that she didn’t want to go through with the wedding because of her feelings for him.
As all involved try to figure out where they are and why, the man behind the captivity is on a current mission to find out whether the blood he got from Nathan’s face is that of his own. Just as he orders a paternity test, a desperate Liesl calls him for help. Victor agrees, but first questions whether he is Nathan’s father and tells her that if he finds out she has been keeping this from him all this time she will be pay. This leads Liesl into a deeper since of desperation as she returns to Anna’s office and reveals she knows where Nathan and the others are.
Elsewhere in Port Charles, Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) also questions the paternity of Nathan. She tells Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) about the connection between her mother and his uncle. She later goes to Anna and asks about what really happened to her father. Anna tells Britt about Faison’s crazy obsession and how it finally prompted her to make a decision on how to handle him permanently.
Commentary: There are still many pieces to this story that all lead back to Victor. As more and more secrets are revealed, there seems to be more questions left to be answered. Viewers know Victor was really behind Patrick and Sabrina’s accident, but is he working with fake Luke also? And why is Liesl so afraid of Victor finding about the true paternity of Nathan? Why did she give her child to Madeline? The larger question is what is Victor really up to and what is his connection to Peter Harrell? And ultimately, will Victor’s fetish with a sociopath result in everything blowing up in his face?